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Apprentice

From the Database of Home of the Underdogs

GAME DESIGNER:Ian Schlaepfer

GAME DEVELOPER:Herculean Effort Productions

GAME PUBLISHER:Freeware

Copyright 2003, Herculean Effort Productions

Apprentice is a superb freeware point-and-click adventure game from newcomer Herculean Effort Productions. Coded with the increasingly popular Adventure Game Studio, Apprentice sets itself apart from most other amateur adventures with very well drawn graphics and great sense of humor that are reminiscent of LucasArts’ classic adventures, fun and logical puzzles (although most are derivative), and a charming protagonist that reminds me of Alexander in Sierra’s King’s Quest III.

The plot is just another varianet of the run-errands-for-your-master plot adventure game veterans have seen too many times already. But it is the gameplay that counts, and the wonderful sense of humor and great cartoon style of Apprentice will keep you glued to the screen, cliche plot notwithstanding. The game is unfortunately far too short and too easy – I finished it in less than 1-2 hours – but it was definitely time well spent. Highly recommended for adventure game fans everywhere, especially those who miss the good old days of LucasArts. Two thumbs up for this snack-sized underdog, and be sure to check out the longer and better sequel called Apprentice II.



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